George Soros is a well-known philanthropist and one of the wealthiest people in the US. He was born in 1930 in Hungary. He later fled and worked his way up until he joined the London School of Economics. George worked in a merchant bank for a while before moving to New York where he started his hedge fund. He made history by shortening the British pound and making a lump sum profit. Mr. Soros is the founder of open society foundation, which is a charity organization that supports human rights and democracy. Over the years, he has given out up to $12 billion with his funding dedicated to supporting organizations and individuals. Read his profile at Business Insider.
His generous nature comes from his experience. He grew up during the Nazi occupation period where over half a million Hungarian Jews were murdered. His family survived by acquiring false identity papers and by helping other families do the same. While consolidation of power in Hungary continued, Soros managed to leave Budapest and settle in London then later the United States. Soros has widely talked about what it took for him to get to where is in his book and website.
Soros officially started giving back in 1979 by giving scholarships to black South Africans who were under the apartheid regime. During the 80s, he promoted the open exchange of ideas by offering photocopiers, which were used to reprint banned texts. When the Berlin Wall fell, he started the Central European University to act as a place that fostered critical thinking. He moved his philanthropy to the United States, Asia, and Africa supporting as many human rights and democratic societies as possible.
George Soros is responsible for funding the Ferguson protest movement. So far he has given at least $33 million in a year to offer support to groups that work with the activists in Ferguson. The financial contribution from Soros to the activist groups led to the protest movement that changed a criminal event in Missouri to a national cause. The Open society Foundation believes in having people participate in government. Therefore the foundation helps groups to combine research, policy, and data collection with community organizing as a way to make the society accountable.
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In 2004, the billionaire spent $27 million trying to defeat President George Bush, which led to him scaling back on political giving, and focus on the foundation.
Soros makes no secret of his disregard to President Donald Trump, and he donated $25 million to Hillary Clinton’s and other Democratic Party candidates and causes during the recent elections. He was meant to attend the Democratic convention where Hillary was accepting the Democratic presidential nomination but later canceled citing that he needed to monitor the economic situation in Europe. Despite the cancelation, Soros continued to be politically engaged and motivated because he cares about matters such as criminal justice reforms, immigration reforms, and religious tolerance.
Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneurial genius who has been successful with multiple enterprises and continues to be so to this day. Growing up in Southfield, Michigan, Eric graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987 and graduated from the University of Michigan with honors in 1991. Continuing with the University of Michigan Law School, he received his Juris Doctor in 1993. After college, Eric along with his friend Brad Keywell started an early internet company called Starbelly that specialized in promotional products. Starbelly experienced huge internet growth and eventually was sold to Halo where Eric joined as chief operating officer.
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Eric eventually moved on from Halo and co-founded Innerworkings in 2001. Innerworkings achieved solid growth for years and in 2006 had a succesful initial public offering in the U.S. stock market. Eric Lefkofsky stayed on the board of directors until October 2012 but moved on to other enterprises long before then. The freight logistics company called Echo Global Logistics was put together by Lefkofsky and Keywell in 2005 and in 2006 went public on the NASDAQ and to this day is being successfully traded under the symbol ‘ECHO’. In 2008 Eric co-founded Groupon, which is is a middleman service that promotes different city’s restaurants and stores and encourages people to try new ones by offering deals and promotions. Groupon became massively successful and, in fact, turned down a $6 billion offer from Google in 2010. While Groupon is still successful to this day, Eric left that company earlier on to pursue other business opportunities. These other opportunities include the companies Lightbank and Tempus.
Eric Lefkofsky is a generous philanthropist who donates plenty of money and time to organizations in his home town of Chicago. Eric and his wife Liz started The Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006, which focuses on ensuring access to quality education for all, improving fundamental human rights, propelling innovative medical research, and expanding cultural initiatives. Him and his wife have also donated millions of dollars to cancer research and cancer centers. Eric’s open hearted approach to philanthropy is a model to all.
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Background Info On Adam Milstein
Adam Milstein was born in 1952 in one of Israel’s largest cities, the port city of Haifa in Northern Israel. He and his two siblings grew up in Haifa and in suburbs around the city later on. The father of Adam Milstein was a building framer who worked in the construction trade. Adam would join his father in the construction business later on and it would lead him to a career in real estate development.
In the early 1970s Adam Milstein was drafted into the Israeli Defense Force. It happened that the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973, when Adam Milstein was still on active duty at the IDF.
After the Yom Kippur War was over Adam studied at the Israeli Institute of Technology in his hometown of Haifa. He married Gila Elgrably and graduated from the Israeli Institute of Technology with a major in business and economics. While studying at university, Adam also helped out his father in the construction industry. He would work alongside his father in the construction industry after completing his studies.
How Adam Milstein Supports The Jewish Community In The USA And Israel
His current place of employment is at Hager Pacific Properties in the state of California. This real estate development firm leases out, sells and renovates properties throughout the nation.
With his great wealth Adam Milstein has been able to support and endow many Jewish and pro-Israel charities. Adam Milstein not only gives thousands of dollars to Jewish groups and pro-Israel organizations but actually takes a leading part in them. For example, he is a board member of the Jewish Funders Network, Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships and the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.